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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mortimer J. Adler Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781455170722
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“Almost all of the philosophical truths that I have come to know and understand I have learned from Aristotle,” says Mortimer J. Adler. This easy-to-listen-to exposition of Aristotle’s thoughts about nature, human actions, and the conduct of life confirms convictions that most of us hold, though we may not be fully aware of them. This is because Aristotle’s philosophical insights are grounded in the common experience we all possess and because they illuminate the common sense we all rely on. Philosophy is everybody’s business. It deepens our understanding of the knowledge we already have about ourselves, our society, and the world in which we live. With the proper guidance, all of us can experience success and great satisfaction from this effort of understanding, and in this, no better guide can be found than Aristotle.

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  • “This is a self-help book in the best sense of the term…The Aristotelian wisdom Adler affords us goes far beyond anything all the Norman Vincent Peales, Michael Kordas, and Wayne W. Dyers combined have to offer. Above all, Adler once again demonstrates that philosophy, real philosophy, can actually be useful.”

    Chicago Tribune Book World

  • “Davidson has a wonderful voice. Far from common, it’s a genuinely erudite English actor’s voice. His sound is classy and classical.” 

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/5/2014

    " I've tried to read Aristotle before, but I kept getting bogged down and couldn't get the big picture. This book is the perfect introduction and summary for the non-philosopher. I wish I had read this in high school. It's very easy to read and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/5/2014

    " This is a treasure of a book. It simplifies Aristotle, whose prose is very difficult, at times, to plow through. In turn, it makes it easier to simplify Aristotle even more for my classes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Parsell | 12/17/2013

    " As suggested by it's title, Aristotle for Everybody is the quintessential introduction to the philosophy of Aristotle. Written in simple and practical prose, Mortimer J. Adler brilliantly outlines the deep and penetrating philosophy of one of the world's greatest thinkers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 12/9/2013

    " After this book I remembered why I did not want to major in Philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Watergirl | 12/3/2013

    " Great book everybody should read, great views on Greek/classical morality and living a good life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Leopard | 10/12/2013

    " Enjoyable intro to Aristotle and very helpful if you are considering diving into some Aquinas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenb500 | 9/8/2013

    " Very basic logic applied to everyday living and decisionmaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald | 7/11/2013

    " This is a pretty good introduction to Aristotle and many of his ideas . . . over two thousand years later. Most kids 14 and above could probably handle it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/14/2013

    " intellectually stimulating, though sometimes dull "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 4/12/2013

    " Anything by Adler is fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Mendelsohn | 2/17/2013

    " Very clear explanations about thinking and philosophy... about change and about eternity. And everything in between. Adler was a great thinker and helps us to think as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willa | 8/24/2012

    " A survey of some of Aristotle's main ideas, written in simple language for the layperson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 6/27/2012

    " A great introduction to Aristotle. I particularly enjoyed the succinct explanation of Aristotle's epistemology and metaphysics. "

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About the Author

Mortimer J. Adler (1902–2001), an American philosopher, educator, and popular author, served as the chairman of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s board of editors, was the founder and director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and was an honorary trustee and founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He authored the well-known How to Read a Book and the intellectual autobiography Philosopher at Large and was coeditor, with Charles Van Doren, of Great Treasury of Western Thought, declared the Reference Book of 1977 by the American Library Association.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.